Madison Spires was born on March 16, 1995, the second of what would prove to be four children.
Her father, Jeff, is a security guard at Ole Miss. Once the children were old enough to be in school, her mother, Beth, took a job as a secretary in the Yoknapatawpha County school superintendent's office.
Greg, two years older than Madison, was a high school football star who brokered his local fame into a position selling cars. Sally, two years younger than Madison, is a high school senior who plans to become a prosecutor and then judge. Kyle, a late addition to the family, is in third grade.
Caught between the Jock and the Brain, Madison became the social butterfly and class clown. After graduation, she attended the Creations College of Cosmetology in Tupelo, and she is now a manicurist at Spa Nails in Oxford.
Her boss, Erin Flowers, describes Madison as a conscientious employee who always works her shifts and pleases her customers.
"That girl has a sense of humor," Ms. Flowers added. "Blake? He wandered into Spa Nails one time to ask whether there was such a thing as a clear, flat nail polish that would strengthen his nails without anybody noticing. Madison convinced him that the neon orange dried clear. I just about died when he realized he'd been had. Well, soon after that is when they started seeing each other."
Madison lives alone in a two-room apartment. Her landlord reports that Madison pays her rent on time and has not caused any trouble, except sometimes she plays her keyboard a little too loud, a little too late. "She's in some kind of band. Thinks she's a musician. It all sounds like noise to me."
Madison attended the video game party where Blake Jenson, her boyfriend, died.